Liftease has been developed to improve usability and outcomes from other sling-lift devices. Liftease is very strong. It is designed to increase cow comfort by reducing or preventing sweating inside fully-enclosed slings. When used for longer periods, these can lead to skin ulcers and hide damage. Liftease is easy to use. It is recommended that the cow is first lifted by a hip-clamp device, and the Liftease pulled underneath. But if such a device is not available, the cow can be rolled onto the Liftease, or the Liftease can simply be pulled through under the down animal. The Liftease lift straps each have three lift loops, to give variation of lift height. These loops are designed to fit directly onto a silage fork. But 4 x metal hooks are also provided. These can be used on either pallet or silage forks to make attachment easier. Liftease is designed to lift up to 2,000kg without risk.
This strap has been developed at Shoof to assist when lifting a cow with a hip clamp device. Whilst the clamp lifts the rear of the cow, the belly strap can be used behind her front legs for more comfortable lifting (as recommend on the DairyNZ website). The strap is 2.4m ring-to-ring, and has 20cm-wide belly support. A practical way to use this strap is with the hip clamp on one side fork, the strap is used on the other side, with a connecting chain of the right length. (The cow will be cross-ways to the tractor).